Off Road trailers

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 12:27
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Hi,
Just have a question regarding trailers.

We are heading around Oz in our L300 4wd van and plan to tow a lockable Tradesmens trailer which we are shopping for at the moment...

My question is.. Is it essential to get an offroad model if we are pulling it in a 4wd ?
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 12:45

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 12:45
Depends on where you're going . . .

No . . its not essential, but from all the stories I have heard , I wouldn't want to be towing anything other then a top quality purpose built offroad trailer up to the cape for example. I'm told its the corrugations that'll kill it.

I've done some reasonably serious offroading with a heavy duty tradies box trailer . . . but we are buying a purpose built one to do it properly.
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Reply By: Spy - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:06

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:06
Hi Adam,

Not sure where you are, but I have one for sale in WA. Offroad trailer 7x4, stone guard, jerry holders x 2, stabiliser legs, pneumatic swing up jockey wheel, brand new 31x10.5Rx15" tyres on brand new ROH rims x 3, lic until July 2004, 45mm axle, leaf springs, checkerplate floor, box metal draw bar, treg towing hitch. The trailer was purchased new in January this year - used on two trips on the bitumen only. I would want $2750 for it. Let me know if you are interested
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Follow Up By: Member - Macca (Perth) - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:02

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:02
Spy

Can you tell me if you are in Perth? If so could you email me your contact details please. Wouldn't mind a look at your trailer. I am considering upgrading axle, springs, hubs, brakes etc on my 7x4 tradesman trailer - not sure if it is really worth it so reckon a look at alternatives might be worthwhile. Macca- dive00@hotmail.com. Tks
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Follow Up By: Spy - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:05

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:05
Hi Macca,

Tried your e-mail address. Diddn't seem to work. Try me at spy@upnaway.com

Cheers

Steve
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Reply By: Ross - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:58

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:58
You will regret it if you do not get a strongly built unit. The outback is littered with trailers that did not make it. Spend the extra now rather than later.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roger - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:14

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:14
Ditto.Dodg
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:15

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:15
Adam what every one else has said is spot on you spend the extra now and you should not have to spend it on tour.
All the best
Eric
4wd Tag Along AdventuresCape York Connections
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:15

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 17:15
Adam what every one else has said is spot on you spend the extra now and you should not have to spend it on tour.
All the best
Eric
4wd Tag Along AdventuresCape York Connections
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Reply By: AdamMC - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 18:04

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 18:04
Thanks for the responses folks.

Spy,
I am in Sunbury, Victoria

Does anyone know of anyone around Melb. who sells Offroad trailers, or who can custom build one ?

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Follow Up By: diamond(bendigo) - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 21:40

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 21:40
gday adam.
im in bendigo and there a company up here major trailers who specialise in custom trailers.they do an exelent job and im going to get them to build me one soon.they dont do the canvas or anything but im lucky mrs diamond can sew tell them jim from borough tyres said to give you a call and talk to steve he knows his stuff
Major Trailers
17 Victoria St Eaglehawk VIC 3556
ph: (03) 5446 1629 Trailers &/or Equipment


jamieson wild cat
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Follow Up By: flappan - Friday, Sep 19, 2003 at 09:09

Friday, Sep 19, 2003 at 09:09
Got 2 for you.

Simon Heard Canvas at Shepperton make Offroad Trailers. I have heard nothing but good reports on his gear. I'm buying one of his Campertrailers.

http://www.simonheardcanvas.com.au/

the other is O'Briens Trailers . . . . again, exceptional pieces of kit. He seemed a tad more expensive then Heards, but definently worth looking at.

http://www.obrienstrailers.com.au/
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Reply By: Lockie - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 22:41

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 22:41
Adam, there's a mob in Sunbury that sell offroad camper trailers - check them out, they may have what you're looking for. they're located in Horne St/Vineyard Road, just near the indoor cricket centre (I'm from Sunbury, too ;-) )
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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:16

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:16
Adam

I'm no expert but I have a story from experience...

Couple of years ago, towed a 12' dingy on a boat trailer from Cairns across the cape to a place called the Topsy river for a bit of Barra fish'n and Muddies. It's near Kowanyama if you look on the map.

Anyway, I think it was @ 400km's give or take a bit of mostly corrigated road. By the time we got half way, the boat trailer was almost totally stuffed. Just about any place that had a weld to hold things together had failed. God knows where the tyre guards ended up. We had to tie it all together with rope to hold it together. We got there and back ( some how) but it highlighted the importance of having the right equipment for the job.

The light duty trailer just doesn't do it. If your thinking about a bit of off road work, go the stronger, purpose built stuff.

That's what I recon anyway.

And if you ever get the chance, go to the Topsy river. Great secluded spot, river one side, Gulf of carpentaria the other. It just doesn't get any better than that. (watch the Croc's though, because they watch you)
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Reply By: AdamMC - Monday, Sep 22, 2003 at 11:20

Monday, Sep 22, 2003 at 11:20
Lockie,
Thanks for the tip :)

went down to the place in Sunbury and they have heavy duty Tradesmens trailers there that will do the job for around $1250 !
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